Minnesota House supports background checks for school coaches
ST. PAUL (AP) - The Minnesota House wants criminal background checks run on coaches in public schools.
The House overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring school districts to look into the criminal history of coaches and leaders of other extracurricular activities. It passed 118-11.
Representative Karla Bigham (BIG'-uhm) says news reports about coaches having inappropriate sexual contact with students prompted her proposal. She says preventing just one such incident would make the bill a success.
But Representative Mark Buesgens (BISK'-ens) says it's another burden for strapped school districts and could make it harder to recruit coaches.
Bigham's bill differs from a Senate version, so negotiators will be named to work out a compromise.